While even more details emerge about what happened the day Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, such as the store Michael Brown was alleged to have “strong armed” coming forward to say that the still frame pictures are misleading, they didn’t call the police but a customer did, that the officer now had no idea Michael Brown was a suspect (after releasing the still frames to try and show why Michael Brown was stopped), and that the last two shots were almost execution-style, a larger narrative is forming if you look at the way the protests are being handled.
When faced with police in riot gear and armored vehicles, what do you expect angry people to do? They just see more of the injustice they’re protesting. But when control was turned over to the Highway Patrol things quieted down, mostly because they hand;ed it differently; with more awareness of the effect their presence played. Perhaps this peaceful period that elevated Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson into almost hero status didn’t sit well with Governor Jay Nixon because in the wake of the continuation of the protests he declared a state of emergency, enacted a curfew, and brought in the National Guard.
Then this happened. What did he expect to happen and why did he feel the need to ratchet up the in-your-face, riot gear presence once again?
John Oliver had a good segment on the militarization of local police departments and the effect they’re meant to have with their appearance:
What is the larger picture here about the militarization of police departments, the US now being considered part of the battlefield in the War on Terror (the original amendment was rejected but new language was used that still leaves the power with the military), and protests being considered terrorist acts?